Monday, June 3, 2019 - Truvada (TDF), an anti-viral drug, was first approved by the FDA in 2001 for the treatment of HIV quickly becoming the go-to HIV suppressant drug on the market and earning billions for its manufacturer Gilead Sciences, Inc. Over half of a million people in the US and millions globally are using Truvada to prevent the transmission of HIV. Science Daily.com recently studied the drug in order to confirm its effectiveness in preventing the transmission of HIV and had encouraging results. "People who took the antiretroviral drug Truvada were 86% less likely to contract the disease than those who took a placebo, report the researchers who led the study. "The medication was taken as needed around periods of sexual activity." In spite of its effectiveness, the drug has shown to potentially have serious and life-threatening medical side effects. Truvada's serious side effects include kidney failure, lactic acidosis, and severe liver problems. Truvada kidney failure lawsuits represented by national attorneys helping families harmed by Truvada kidney and bone problems.
Kidney failure is an often overlooked but nonetheless serious side effect of taking Truvada. Kidney failure can be a serious condition often leading to death. Treatments for kidney failure consists of a kidney transplant, however, human kidneys are not readily available. People die while undergoing kidney dialysis, the complete filtering of the blood to remove toxins that was usually performed by the kidneys while awaiting a suitable kidney donor.
Another life-threatening condition caused by Truvada is the build-up of lactic acid in the blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic acidosis is "a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death." Symptoms of lactic acidosis include "weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat."
Another side effect of Truvada is liver failure leading to death. The symptoms to look for that indicate severe liver problems include, "skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain."
According to its website, another common side effect of Truvada is that the drug can cause a change in the immune system making it stronger and causing it to become hyperactive.
Finally and perhaps most importantly, Truvada patients also experience bone density issues that can lead to falling and intense pain. Bone issues including "bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures." It is common for doctors prescribing Truvada to include bone-density tests.
Gilead Pharmaceutical was sued in 2016 alleging that the company delayed developing a safer alternative of the drug rather than risk losing business. Patients that are experiencing bone density loss, lactic acidosis, or severe liver and kidney problems are hiring Truvada attorneys to file claims against Gilead Sciences for monetary reimbursement of their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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